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System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $1000 PC

Benchmark Results: Synthetics

3DMark really favors the SLI'ed GeForce GTX 460 solution in today's SBM machine. Even at stock clocks, the current system beats the previous build at high and extreme modes.

Overclocked, today's PC leaves the older build in the dust.

PCMark demonstrates a heavy CPU dependency. At best, the overclocked Core i3-550 comes close to stock Core i5-750 performance. 

The Sandra results are similar to PCMark, which is no surprise, since these are also CPU-oriented tests. The memory bandwidth of the new system is also a little lower, due to lower clocks.